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Louisiana PT Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Louisiana?

"Practice of physical therapy" is the health care profession practiced by a licensed physical therapist and means the holding out of one's self to the public as a physical therapist and as being engaged in the business of, or the actual engagement in, the evaluation and treatment of any physical or medical condition to restore normal function of the neuromuscular and skeletal system, to relieve pain, or to prevent disability by use of physical or mechanical means.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

Physical therapy includes therapeutic exercise, mobilization, passive manipulation, therapeutic modalities, and activities or devices for preventative, therapeutic, or medical purposes, and further shall include physical therapy evaluation, treatment planning, instruction, consultative services, and the supervision of physical therapy supportive personnel, including physical therapist assistants.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

"Physical therapy" does not include the use of roentgen rays and radium, isotopes, and ionizing radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Are there any special trainings or requirements?

In providing physical therapy, PTs are authorized to procure from licensed distributors, store and utilize legend devices and topical legend drugs which are employed in the delivery of physical therapy.

Louisiana PT Dry Needling


La. Stat. Ann. §37:2407

La. Admin. Code tit. 46 §315

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